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    Hello

    After the recent zenophobic attacks in SA, is it safe to go to Moz. I have heard of some people that have been having problems. Is anyone aware problems.

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    Hi Hansie,

    We (11 of us) did a tour from Ponto do Oura up to Vilenculos over three weeks entering Mozambique through the Kozi bay border post on the 26th June, 2008 in four vehicles. We never experienced any form of animosity from anyone. We where stopped several times by police officers who where curtuous and freindly. DON'T SPEED and have your papers and triangles available at all times. The local people where freindly and gratefull for every purchase that we made. A few things to remember; The road from Ponto to Catembe is not a road it is a track, if you can possibly avoid it don't drive it at night, the chance of landing in a serious situation is very real, people landed in the lake at night, it was not a pleasant experience for them or their very expensive vehicle! They where in real danger. If you can get your hands on a Garmin then do so they are invaluable on that road. From Xai-Xai up for sixty klm's the road is a complete mess, there are potholes in the potholes and you will be driving no faster than 30kph if you want to retain your wheels, tyres and suspention! Othewrwise Moz is still a bit of paradise right on our doorstep. Have fun and be safe.

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    Thank you will be going to Pomeng in Des. It put one at ease to here thing are still good.

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    we just did a trip to Ponta about 4 weeks ago(how time flies)


    and had no problem with the locals, we were 13people 4x4s quads, no issue, except the one cop that wanted money, felt like home

    either wise, fine!!!

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    Hansie, if you want to play safe, do what Joe said and try to avoid Maputu. Go the gravel road via Moamba.
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    Hello

    Thank you will do or gow through there very early

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    Hansie

    During recent june/july school holiday we entered via Pafuri gate. Unlike previous occasions it was fast and efficient with no unpacking. A few simple questions about what is in the fridges etc. They were informed it is meat etc and contrary to rumours that they want to see your till slips to confim that you do not take in more that allowed as well as extra tax on fuel in jerry cans, they did not even lift an eyelid. At the gate to limpopo transfrontier park we were saluted in uniformed guards and after studying our permits were sent of with large smiles to Nampfhula campsite. We also had to overnight next to the road (another story for another day) close to massingir dam with no hassles. We were again saluted at the exit at massingir town (they actually stood up from their chairs when we arrived, pulled their uniforms into place and saluted!)

    Maputo was busy but no hassles as we passed through. We made Ponta malongane only by 8 at night (in the rain) and it if it was not for my new garmin colorado 300 i would probably still be searching for campismo ninho in the dark. Here again some locals assisted my father who got lost in the darkness behind me and took him to the camp.

    We left through Kosi bay border and were through in a matter of minutes.

    We had a good experience and apart from small incidents with theft we had in previous years at Vilanculos and Inhambane, there are no serious safety threats that I am aware of.

    Enjoy!!

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    Hi,
    A couple of weeks ago we had a frontpage story in our local newspaper about a xenophobic attack on two blokes from Nelspruit. They were "attacked and hi-jacked", beaten up and nothing but R 1500 taken from them, not their cellphones nor cameras. Sounded fishy at the time, but then unfortunately the REAL story was never publicized, - These okes had fun with Ladies of the Night in Maputu, never paid their dues, and were followed and sorted out by PIMPS ! This adventure was then blamed on Xenophobia. (Africa is not for sissies.) Moz is GREAT, people are friendly, just pay your dues.
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    we just spent 2 weeks driving and camping in Moz. Went in at Pafuri and it all went very well, came out at Giriyondo. Drove up to zambezi, passed Gorongoza. No crime issues or animosityand everyone very helpful. Camped on the roadside 5 times, no issues.
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    Just returned from 3 weeks in Moz. No problems - nice people. As Joenel says - pay your dues , dont give the locals cause to resnt visitors and have a great time !

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    Guys - please advise - what is the costs at the border - I know the 3rd party insurance - will get at Outdoor beforehand - but what cost do we incur at the post itself.

    Per vehicle/ per person?
    Thanks for your help
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    About R50 at Moz side going in - have lots of R10 notes and a few smaller coins.No charges coming out
    If you meet a grumpy border official he could slap a tax on excess groceries and fuel in Jerry cans - could be 20 % of value.
    Does not happen at Pafuri or Ponta Do Oro.

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    Thanks - will keep the grocery slip as proof - worked last year as we showed what we paid and that was less than the alowed ammount - no tax!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skim View Post
    Guys - please advise - what is the costs at the border - I know the 3rd party insurance - will get at Outdoor beforehand - but what cost do we incur at the post itself.

    Per vehicle/ per person?
    Thanks for your help
    R 10-00 per vehicle and R 17-00 per passport.
    Watch out for dodgy characters pretending to work at the border, if they don't wear a uniform they are freelance sharks trying to make a buck out of you.
    NEVER EVER exchange money at the border, rather at Filling stations this side of the border.

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    I'm planning to go to Maputo in November. Is it a bad idea?

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    Bluup, if it's about safety, mo problem. If it's about the weather, hell it might be very very hot that time of year depending on where in moz you're going. Been to Inhassoro last week and it was cool all week. Heared that its lekka hot again this week. But it's always a good idea to go to Moz. If you're going further than Inhambane it might be a good idea to sleep over at Blue Anchor just outside Maputo, that way you're not pressed for time going through the border. But every guy does things his way so the best advice when going up there is just enjoy your time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluup10 View Post
    I'm planning to go to Maputo in November. Is it a bad idea?
    I came back form maputo last week sunday and what a blast......im going to macaneta in november for a boys weekend with a 5m rubberduck and cant wait....

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    Hi Everyone,

    Im busy planning a trip down to Ponto Du Ouro in early Feb,

    From there going to drive up to Barra and then back to Pretoria,

    Any advice ?

    Whats the road like from Ponto to Maputu and how long a drive ? (hours)

    From Maputu to Barra ? is it possbile to do the trip in day from Ponto to Barra

    cheers !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrewcpza View Post
    Hi Everyone,

    Im busy planning a trip down to Ponto Du Ouro in early Feb,

    From there going to drive up to Barra and then back to Pretoria,

    Any advice ?

    Whats the road like from Ponto to Maputu and how long a drive ? (hours)

    From Maputu to Barra ? is it possbile to do the trip in day from Ponto to Barra

    cheers !!!
    Have not driven the whole way from Ponta to Maputo myself, but my bit of experience with part of the route and what I've heard, drive via Nelspruit to Maputo, turn south at the Xai-Xai turn of(at the Shoprite centre) and head towards Ponta.

    Driving vis Ermelo and Pongola? Never again!

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